The USA is facing a 32-year drought when it comes to winning a gold medal at the Pan American Games, and this year in Toronto, it’s going to take a group of seasoned NBA veterans and top college prospects to do it.
In their first game against Venezuela last night, the USA struggled out of the gate, getting outscored 41-33 at the half. The second half was a different story, as the USA outscored Venezuela 52-21 behind veterans like forward Anthony Randolph, swingman Damien Wilkins and point guard Bobby Brown to win by 23 points.
Point guard Melo Trimble and center Kaleb Tarczewski were two of the college standouts in Game 1, while others struggled. Trimble and Tarczewski both considered entering the 2015 NBA Draft, but decided to come back another year to improve their draft stock. Other college prospects on the team are candidates to improve their stock and enter the 2016 draft, but who has the best chance to make an impact at the NBA level?